June 27th book group meeting

This past Sunday the teen book group met to talk about King of the Screwups, by K.L. Going.  We had a great discussion about the book – most of the members really enjoyed reading it.  King of the Screwups is the story of Liam, a high-school senior who gets kicked out of his house by his dad after screwing up one too many times.  Liam goes to live with his “Aunt” Pete, whom he hasn’t seen since he was a little kid.  Liam is naturally popular but not naturally good at school, so he tries to cultivate a new, nerdy image so that his father will finally be proud of him.

One of my favorite things about the book were Liam’s flashbacks to the past, which give us a really clear picture of what it was like growing up with Liam’s dad – who verges on emotionally abusive – and who Liam really is – not just a screwup, not just Mr. Popular, but a really smart, likeable guy whom it’s a pleasure to spend 200 pages with.

The teen book group is really excited about the upcoming release of the third book in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy.  Mockingjay will finally – finally! – be available on August 24.  In preparation, our July book group meeting, on Sunday, July 25, at 3:30pm on the first floor at P&P, will be devoted to making predictions about what’s going to happen to Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and everyone else in Panem in the final volume.  I’m planning to re-read the first two books in the series, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, before the meeting.

Then, our August meeting, on Sunday, August 29, will be all about Mockingjay!

If you want to join us for either of these meetings, or any of our future meetings, please email me, Dana, at dchidiac at politics-prose.com.

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~ by Dana on June 29, 2010.

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